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Introduction to Applied Linguistics and TESOL

University of Leicester via FutureLearn


Explore the field of applied linguistics through real-world case studies

This online course introduces the field of applied linguistics and how it relates to disciplines including linguistics and language teaching.

You’ll explore real-world examples of applied linguistics, such as forensic linguistics and language assessment. You’ll look at the field’s impact on important issues - for example, reducing gender bias in language use and simplifying legal language.

You’ll find out what applied linguists do through a series of case studies. Specialists will work through problems and show you applied linguistic research methods to solve them.

This course is designed for:

  • anyone interested in linguistics and language teaching, and thinking of a career in these fields
  • people considering a postgraduate degree in applied linguistics or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • professionals already working in applied linguistics or related fields, who want an update on current thinking and practice.


  • Have you ever met an applied linguist?
    • Introduction
    • Have you ever met an applied linguist?
    • What do applied linguists do?
    • The impact of applied linguistics in broader society
    • The impact of applied linguistics on second language teaching, learning and assessment
    • Summary of the week
  • Language and the big decisions in life
    • Introduction
    • Making the big decisions in life
    • International mobility
    • The kind of world we live in
    • Impact
    • Assessment design and research
    • Summary of the week
  • Inspiring Language Learning
    • Introduction
    • Engagement in language learning
    • Learner autonomy and its significance in terms of enhancing language learning
    • Foreign language anxiety
    • Summary of the week
  • The social role of pronunciation
    • Introduction
    • Accent
    • Globalization and intelligibility
    • Pronunciation and public image
    • Teaching and learning the social roles of pronunciation
    • Summary of the week
  • Investigating and analysing language in use
    • Introduction
    • Modal verbs
    • Corpus methods in applied linguistics
    • Hands-on exploration of obligation and necessity in COCA
    • Summary of the week
  • Joining the Applied linguistics and TESOL community at Leicester
    • Introduction
    • Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Leicester - staff research
    • Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Leicester - student research
    • The Future of Applied Linguistics and TESOL – some current issues and developments
    • Summary of the course

Taught by

pamela rogerson revell


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  • Anonymous
    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very well designed and touched upon many areas of applied linguistics with a good mix of theory and practice. The tutors on the course have a different expertise and made the whole learning experience varied, stimulating and thought-provoking. At each key stage the participants received some feedback which added to the positive and interactive nature of the course. Overall I would definitely recommend it as an introduction to applied linguistics and language teaching.

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